Gardening with Julia – Update 14 and Fall Plans

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Hello there and thanks for joining me. Today’s update video is in two parts, one in which I talk about what I’ve learned so far and plans for the fall, and the other in which I give you the plant updates.

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Book Review · Guest · LSBBT

Blog Tour & Review – What Matters Most

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Kellie Coates Gilbert

Genre: Contemporary Inspirational Romance / Christian
Date of Publication: July 5, 2016
Publisher: Revell
Number of Pages: 320 Continue reading “Blog Tour & Review – What Matters Most”

Personal · Tag/Meme · This Week's Five!

This Week’s Five!!!


Five things from the past week that have made me happy.

  1. I love having projects to work on, and I have a couple right now 😉
  2. In addition to the toads that we usually see in our back yard, this week we also found a frog! How neat! There are also at least 5 different dragonflies that come to visit (there may be more, but 5 distinct ones that I’m aware of).
  3. I’ve been allowing myself 1 episode of Call the Midwife a day, and I’ve really been enjoying it, although I don’t think I’ve made it through a single one without getting a bit teary-eyed.
  4. Love the nighttime summer breeze!
  5. We spent time this week celebrating milestones with family members. Very nice, indeed!

What made you smile this week?

Personal · Tag/Meme · This Week's Five!

This Week’s Five!!!


Hello Friends,

My heart is heavy as I write this, and yours may be heavy too. This week has been a heartbreaking one. I know it is important to take time and grieve, to think and reflect, to talk, to take action. However, it is also my belief that in the dark times, especially, we must find and hold onto the good in our lives. As hard as it sometimes feels, life goes on. It doesn’t have to go on the same way that it did before, but it must go on. So here, in my personal space, I’m continuing on by highlighting things that have brought a smile to my face this week.

  1. My garden. It is my happy place. Friday I got a package in the mail with a new container I wanted to try. For a few hours while I had a mission–to get soil and fill up the container– I was able to be present in my own moment, to push anxieties from my mind and just feel the sun warming my neck and the dirt under my fingernails.
  2. I have really been enjoying posting picture updates on Instagram.
  3. There are at least two toads in our back yard that make a nightly appearance.
  4. There is good news for some friends and family members, and it makes me happy for them to be happy.
  5. I have acquired SO MANY EBOOKS this week. Expect a lengthy Stacking the Shelves for July 😉

What kind of light was in your life this week?

#RockMyTBR · Tag/Meme

#RockMyTBR – June Recap


The #RockMyTBR Reading Challenge is hosted by Sarah K, The YA Book Traveler. Click here for more info.

[My #RockMyTBR list]

June Recap

I could pretty much just copy and paste my other #RockMyTBR posts here. That is to say, I didn’t read anything from my list in the month of June. Now that we’re halfway through the year, I could still read two books each month and still complete this challenge. OR, as I’m more likely to do, save them all for December 😉 ha!

How did your challenge go this month?  Leave me a link and I’ll check out your recap!

Personal · Tag/Meme · This Week's Five!

This Week’s Five!!!


It’s time for another round of This Week’s Five!!! Here are five things that have made me happy in the past week.

  1. Getting a lot of yard work done.
  2. Cooking and eating really good food.
  3. My garden.
  4. My family.
  5. Since it’s July 4, I should say that I am very happy to live in a place where I have the rights and privileges that I do.

So, what about this week made you smile?

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking the Shelves – July 3

Stacking the Shelves

Hello there! Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. Usually a weekly meme, mine pop up on a monthly basis. These are the books I’ve acquired since the June edition.


122 Rules by Deek Rhew

Shizzle, Inc by Ana Spoke

To the Sea by Dierdre Riordan Hall

In the Desert by Dierdre Riordan Hall

The Love Square by Jessica Calla

Passing Notes by D.G. Driver


Uprooted by Naomi Novik

The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Advance Copies

No Other Will Do by Karen Witemeyer [Review]

The Memory Of Us by Camille Di Maio [Review]


The Vampire Armand by Anne Rice

The Island by S. Usher Evans

The Chasm by S. Usher Evans

Like Never Before by Melissa Tagg

Finding Me by Kathryn Cushman

Her One and Only by Becky Wade

Someone Like You by Victoria Bylin


What books have you acquired recently?